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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Winfield S. Spencer, a farmer and stock raiser, was born in Ripley County, Ind., October 29, 1848. He was a son of James M. Spencer, a native of Kentucky. His mother, Ruth Craig, was a native of Indiana. The family moved from Indiana to Missouri in 1832, and first located in Clark County, removing to Adair about 1856, where Mr. Spencer improved a farm in Salt River Township, and where he died in the fall of 1884. W. S. spent his youth on the farm in Adair County, and worked the farm after becoming of age. He married Addie L. Riley, a daughter of Sylvester Riley (deceased), April 4, 1880. Mr. Riley was one of the early settlers of the county. Mr. Spencer and wife have three children: Morney O., John W. and Ernest N. Mr. Spencer has a half interest in a 200-acre tract of prime land, all in a good state of cultivation, and owns a fine house, with barns and other buildings.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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